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Darlingtonia State Natural Site, Florence

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Darlingtonia State Natural Site is a state park and botanical preserve located five miles north of Florence, Oregon, United States on U.S. Route 101, just west of Mercer Lake and south of Sutton Lake that is dedicated to the preservation of a rare plant.Darlingtonia californica is a carnivorous plant, commonly known as the cobra lily, which traps insects in its hollow tubular leaves, whose top is flared into a hollow dome with a forked "tongue" that gives the species its common name. In late spring, they bear purple and yellow flowers that rise above the green cobra-like leaves. Darlingtonia are found only in wet meadows and bogs with acid soils low in nitrogen. The rare, strangely shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family Sarraceniaceae in Oregon.The park has a short loop trail through a peat bog area overlooking patches of Darlingtonia. It is the only Oregon state park dedicated to the protection of a single plant species.
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  • This does not looklike anything untill you walk inand then you see the beauty. If you dont look for this little park you might miss it right off highway 101. It would be a great place to have a lunch ...  more »
  • We have been here a few times and never get tired of all the pitcher plants in this very unique site. You walk on a path and when you get to the small bridge, you will see a "forest" of pitcher plants...  more »
  • Quick way to explore some interesting aspects of nature at the coast. Nice easy boardwalk to see the flora and fauna!